FONDAZIONE ENTE VILLE VESUVIANE
Tourism in the name of Beauty.
here are 122 monumental buildings, included in the territory of the municipalities of Naples, San Giorgio a Cremano, Portici, Herculaneum and Torre del Greco. The remarkable improvements made in the last fifty years, thanks to the targeted interventions of the “Vesuvian Villas”, now a Foundation, have restored a new dignity to the immense heritage of the Baroque Villas from the 18th century.
It was 1738 when Charles of Bourbon and Mariamalia of Saxony, his wife, chose Portici to build a new palace and to begin excavations of the Roman city of Herculaneum. From that moment all the neapolitan nobles followed the court of the Bourbons and created in the coastal area at the foot of Vesuvius some villas for the summer stay, creating an architectural complex unique in the world for quantity and beauty: the 122 “Vesuvian Villas”.
In the area within the confines of the municipality of Herculaneum, the concentration of the “Vesuvian Villas” intensified and became a sort of particular prestige, so much so that it was called the Golden Mile the stretch of road that skirts the buildings built by architects such as Luigi Vanvitelli, Ferdinando Fuga, Domenico Antonio Vaccaro, Ferdinando San Felice, complemented by vast gardens and pictorial decorations made by great artists.
Some of these monumental buildings, after careful and rigorous restoration, are currently under the direct protection and management of the Foundation and constitute the venues where institutional activity is carried out and countless cultural events and initiatives: the “Villa Campolieto”, the Sea Park of “Villa Favorita” and the “Villa Ruggiero” in Herculaneum and the “Villa delle Ginestre” in Torre del Greco.